Attacks Against Christians Increase

May 17, 2019

Thank you for caring about fellow Christians who are facing horrific persecution for their faith.  Your generous support enables Liberty Relief International to engage with our partners on the ground in the most oppressed regions of the world to provide humanitarian aid—including vital food survival kits, safe houses, trauma counseling, legal help, Bibles and much more. -Mat

I believe we are about to see more cries for help than ever before as violent persecution of Christians is on the rise throughout northern Africa, Asia, India and the Middle East.

We just received word that five young children who were playing outside a monastery and eight adults in the area were killed by a rocket attack in northwestern Syria on Sunday, May 12. It is reported that the deadly attack was launched by Islamic extremists targeting Christians in the community.

We stand at the threshold of what may be the next humanitarian crisis in these regions and we must be prepared. I've written to you about some of the most recent attacks in Burkina Faso:

  • On April 28 at a small Assemblies of God church in Sirgadji, Burkina Faso, five congregants and their 80-year old pastor were given the choice to deny Jesus and convert to Islam--or die. One by one, they were mercilessly shot and killed for their faith by a gang of Islamic militants.
  • On May 12, gunmen on motorcycles stormed a Catholic church in Dablo, Burkina Faso during mass and brutally shot down the priest and six congregants.
  • On May 13, gunmen killed four Catholics who were participating in a religious procession in northern Burkina Faso.

A report from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project indicates, "Reported fatalities from attacks targeting civilians have risen by 300 percent in Mali, 500 percent in Niger, and a staggering 7,000 percent in Burkina Faso compared to the same period last year."

Our Christ-centered partners working in Burkina Faso report that "over the past two years, attacks by islamist militants, military operations, and waves of inter-communal violence have left hundreds dead and 135,000 displaced, triggering [...] an 'unprecedented humanitarian crisis' that has caught many by surprise."

As you know, Liberty Relief International is committed to helping persecuted Christians and others suffering under oppression and brutality around the world—an outreach made possible by the compassionate generosity of friends like you.

Our goal is to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we help facilitate the delivery and distribution of humanitarian supplies through our Christ-centered partners on the ground in areas with urgent and desperate needs.

Will you help us care for these fellow believers who are being targeted for their faith today? Your tax-deductible gift will help Christians in these hardest hit regions and most at risk of violence, torture, kidnapping, rape or even death.

Please don't wait. Your gift of 50, 100, 500 dollars or more will be used right away to minister to the urgent needs of persecuted Christians and others in unbelievably desperate situations.

Scripture reminds us that, "that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it..." (1 Cor. 12:25-26). Thank you for standing with LRI to pray for and care for our hurting brethren throughout the Middle East, northern Africa, Asia and the world.

Please remember to pray for our Christian family members facing such suffering and persecution in these regions.

God bless you,

Mat Staver

P.S. You can help LRI minister to the urgent needs of persecuted Christians and others in unbelievably desperate situations with your generous gift today.